A Thankful Attitude Can Change Your Entire Outlook
by Lesley Spencer, MSc
Have you ever known anyone who is always happy and cheerful? Do you ever wonder what in the world they are so happy about? I’d believe we could all be that person. I have a feeling those cheerful people, regardless of their circumstances, have more joy and happiness in their lives because they’ve decided to be positive and thankful.
We tend to be bombarded with “stuff” in our lives, and the busyness and distractions can cause us to be overwhelmed. So how do you get past all the “stuff” and have a positive attitude? I think one way is to start your day with a thankful attitude. Take just a moment and think of at least five things you are thankful for. It may be your health, your home, your spouse, your children, your church, our freedom, children’s laughter or something else dear to you. When you take time to focus on the positive things in your life, the “stuff” tends to decrease and you are able to see life in a more positive way.
We all have problems and troubles in our lives, but worrying about those things does not take them away. Having a positive attitude, doing what you can to solve the problems or asking for help are the only things you can do.
We’ve asked some Home-Based Working Moms what they are thankful for. Here is what a couple of them shared:
“More than anything in the whole world, I am thankful for the opportunity to stay home with my two children. I never in my wildest imagination thought I would leave the corporate world to be an at-home mother but now I can't picture being anywhere else. Working a home-based business has given me a chance to witness things I didn't know would touch me in such a deep way. I have been able to see first steps, watch wobbling first bike rides and be there for each new discovery in my children's lives. Making the choice to start a home-based business has changed who I am. And I really want to pause more to just appreciate the blessings I so often take for granted,” Amy Reynolds, of
FamilyIsTheKey.com in Kansas City, Missouri shares.
Heidi Whyte of Coeur D' Alene, Idaho adds, “I am most thankful for the blessing of my little girl Caitlyn. I thank God everyday that she is mine. Her hugs and kisses are all the thanks I will ever need. I also am thankful to have such a wonderful, supportive, loving husband. I truly appreciate his patience and understanding.”
So what about you? Have you come up with at least five things you are thankful for? I don't believe it will be hard and the smile that grows on your face will likely be contagious to all of those around you.
Lesley Spencer is founder and director of the HBWM.com, Inc. Network which includes: the national association of Home-Based Working Moms
(http://www.HBWM.com), Mom’s Work-at-Home Kit
(http://www.WorkAtHomeKit.com) the eDirectory of Home Based Careers
(http://edirectoryofhomebasedcareers.com), Mom's Work-at-Home Site
(http://www.momsworkathomesite.com) and HBWM Canada
(http://www.hbwmcanada.com). She has a Master's Degree in Public Relations and has been featured in numerous publications including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Home Office Computing, Parenting, Business Start-Ups, Family PC and many others. She has been working from home for over 10 years and has two children whom she absolutely adores!
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